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Laxcen Debuts EPC Gen Passive Tags in the U.S.

The Hong Kong company's C50 and C70 models, designed for apparel and health-care applications, recently passed all Arkansas Radio Compliance testing categories.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 30, 2014

Hong Kong tag and label manufacturer Laxcen Inc. has begun marketing its products in the United States, after the company's C50 and C70 tags, designed for apparel and health-care applications, passed the RFID Research Center's Arkansas Radio Compliance (ARC) tests a few months ago. Once a radio frequency identification product passes these tests, it is listed as an inlay approved for use on apparel within the United States and Europe.

Since it was founded two decades ago, Laxcen has focused on growth not only in standard ultrahigh-frequency (UHF), high-frequency (HF) and Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, but also in creating specialty tags for unique applications. Two examples are in the wine and automotive sectors. An unnamed Chinese wine brand has adopted a custom-designed Laxcen passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID label to authenticate its bottles. The label, which measures 44 millimeters by 38 millimeters (1.7 inches by 1.5 inches), is affixed to a bottle cap's exterior and serves as a seal when that bottle is closed. If an individual removes the cap, the label's antenna is destroyed, indicating a potential counterfeit product. In the case of the automotive industry, two car manufacturers—one Japanese, the other German—are applying a specially designed RFID label—measuring 40 millimeters by 18 millimeters (1.6 inches by 0.7 inch)—on certifications of conformity stored with a car's user manual, in order to track each vehicle's identification and history.

Laxcen's C50 tag measures 50 millimeters by 30 millimeters.
Laxcen is headquartered in Hong Kong, with its manufacturing site in Ningbo, China. The goal of its founders was to create a company that could meet the growing demand for RFID tags in Asia, as well as globally. They saw not only a growing RFID market, but also an unmet need for specialty tags for specific use cases, such as anti-theft technology and counterfeit detection.

The company partners with the HKUST RFID Center for research and development work. As a result of that collaboration, the company has designed and manufactured a wide range of RFID inlay and tag products to target a variety of unique applications.

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